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To: 1010RD

He does not really engage any conservative positions, he merely dismisses them. He then resorts to the old trick of associating liberal positions with science. As if Keynesian economics was equivalent to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

Mr. Pearlstein clearly has no more grasp of economics than he does of physics. He is *cough* an intellectual tourist *cough* showing us the home videos of his Alpine travels and now wishs to regale us with his first hand accounts of the geologic, cultural and political history of Switzerland.

My approach to Mr. Pearlstein is to dismiss, rather than engage him. We do not share the same premises, and regardless of his embrace of “scientific Keynesianism”, it is he, not us, who refuses to learn from or understand experience.

The 20th Century was marked by more jimcrack halfbaked notions and social experiments than any other in the history of man. Repeal socialism, Communism, Marxism, eugenics (Margret Sanger, anyone?), Keynesianism, Freudian quakery, Nazism, lysenkoism, Stalinism, all of them packaged neatly in a box labeled “progressivism”? You bet.

Hitler was an “idealist” and a “progressive”. He was also a socialist, an animal rights advocate, a vegetarian, a teatotaller, an antichristian who espoused a preverse, self-serving form of Christianity, a non-smoker, a drug abuser, a hypochondriac, an avid of follower of unconventional medicine, childishly sentimental, a dilettante and a sexual deviant. He was enthralled by a superficial and superstitious naturalism. He was a technical illiterate fascinated by the fruits of technology he never really understood and upon which he made sweeping generalizations and pronouncements, while loathing and envying its creators. If he were alive today and living in Wisconsin, he’d be on the liberal arts faculty of a third rate community college and a Democratic Party activist.


2 posted on 09/13/2011 3:21:27 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Delightful post and I think I've met Hitler's shadows at college. That said we have one point of disagreement: dismissing Mr. Pearlstein and others like him.

We've seen Progressivism, starting with the often overlooked Teddy Roosevelt (the ‘good’ socialist to most conservatives), rise to lofty heights well beyond the true value of its ideas. They've done so through literal mind control - the media and the education establishment. They still control both of those and will into the foreseeable future.

The persistence of bad ideas should scare every conservative. Mr. Perlstein, et al, shouldn't be dismissed, but debunked - thoroughly and often.

3 posted on 09/13/2011 3:33:20 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Good analysis. Yes, he just says "20th Century Progressivism" was good without looking at any of the results that progressives have wrought:

  1. an ill-educated electorate voting for the politicians who will give away the most of our public treasury
  2. staggering indebtedness for our children
  3. a debt death-spiral from which we may simply not recover
  4. totally bankrupt entitlement programs
  5. rates of illegitimacy that no civilization has ever survived
  6. diminishing global power and loss of "Pax Americana"
  7. loss of our manufacturing base
  8. permanent underclass living off welfare
  9. homo "marriage"
  10. public schools that are nothing but liberal indoctrination centers that turn out students who despise Western Civilization
  11. completely open borders
  12. open immigration from third-world hell-holes where people were raised to hate American and are anathema to our freedom
  13. multiculturalism that destroys our national identity and balkanizes all of us
  14. government unions that are fighting against the very taxpayers who pay their member salaries
  15. high minimum wages that have destroyed entry level jobs for the uneducated lower classes
  16. open racial warfare by feral black males against other races

Judge progressivism on its century results. If you do that honestly, you must conclude that every one of the 20th Century Progressive programs is a massive failure. How can anybody see a single "progressive" success in the untold mess we have around us today?

Isn't it time for an American Restoration to sweep away a century of failure by the marxists, commies, and progressives?

6 posted on 09/13/2011 3:42:36 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Very good, very good indeed though, if he were alive today and living in Wisconsin Hitler would probably be on the fine arts faculty of a third rate community college and a Democratic Party activist.
11 posted on 09/13/2011 4:15:44 AM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Hitler was an “idealist” and a “progressive”. He was also a socialist, an animal rights advocate, a vegetarian, a teatotaller, an antichristian who espoused a preverse, self-serving form of Christianity, a non-smoker, a drug abuser, a hypochondriac, an avid of follower of unconventional medicine, childishly sentimental, a dilettante and a sexual deviant. He was enthralled by a superficial and superstitious naturalism. He was a technical illiterate fascinated by the fruits of technology he never really understood and upon which he made sweeping generalizations and pronouncements, while loathing and envying its creators. If he were alive today and living in Wisconsin, he’d be on the liberal arts faculty of a third rate community college and a Democratic Party activist.

I'm stealing that. FReepmail me your name so I can give credit where it's due.

13 posted on 09/13/2011 4:29:53 AM PDT by Ronin (Obamanation has replaced Bizarroworld as the most twisted place in the universe.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Hitler was an “idealist” and a “progressive”. He was also a socialist, an animal rights advocate, a vegetarian, a teatotaller, an antichristian who espoused a preverse, self-serving form of Christianity, a non-smoker, a drug abuser, a hypochondriac, an avid of follower of unconventional medicine, childishly sentimental, a dilettante and a sexual deviant.

Not to mention that he brought German unemployment down to zero too!

22 posted on 09/13/2011 6:46:40 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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